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Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003)

DVD Cover (Full Moon Pictures)
Movie Connections:
Puppet Master
> Puppet Master (1989)
> Puppet Master II (1991)
> Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991)
> Puppet Master 4 (1993)
> Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994)
> Curse Of The Puppet Master (1998)
> Retro Puppet Master (1999)
> Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003)
> Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys (2004)
> When Puppets And Dolls Attack! (2005)
> Puppet Master: Axis Of Evil (2010)
> Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)
> Puppet Master: Axis Termination (2017)
> Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)
Genres / Traits:
Horror, Supernatural Horror, Toys
Director:
Charles Band Charles Band
Starring:
Jacob Witkin Jacob Witkin
Kate Orsini Kate Orsini
Ian Abercrombie Ian Abercrombie
Sage Allen Sage Allen
Stephen Blackehart Stephen Blackehart

3.3 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Crispy
Added: October 11, 2007
After a much needed break from this series, I'm now back to wrap it up. After the dreadful Retro Puppet Master, Full Moon must have known that their run was up. However, they figured why not squeeze all the blood they possibly can from this proverbial stone, and Puppet Master: The Legacy was released.

Peter Hertz, the little kid from Puppet Master III has now grown old and gray, and is living in the infamous Bodega Bay Inn. He is ambushed by a hired assassin looking for the familiar secret and despite his claims that he knows nothing, she refuses to believe him. Eventually, she is able to persuade him to take out a series of tapes recorded by Toulon himself. The woman has done her homework on the puppets and her and Peter's conversation joins with the tapes to create segue ways into archived footage from the previous seven movies. In effect, we have a sequel that recaps the series instead of furthering its storyline.

There's really not much to say about this one. The sole reason this movie was made was to squeeze a few more bucks out of a dying series. Besides the single set used and the two new actors, everything here was already done and paid for. And considering the skill level of said two thespians, (Jacob Witkin and Kate Orsini) their price tags weren't that high either.

But still, even though this one is all stock footage, it didn't have to be a total loss. A quick read through the previous movies' reviews will tell you that preserving a solid continuity from sequel to sequel has always been a huge failure in this series. This would have been the perfect opportunity to try and clean some of that mess up. Granted, I wasn't expecting them to bring about this grand revelation or anything spectacular, but I think they at least should have tried. Hell, I'm sure some of the more hardcore fans have sat around concocting half-assed theories with their buddies, so at least attempting to bridge these gaps would have been more than appreciated. Instead, they just continue the tale from movie to movie with no new transitions added which makes the flaws stand out all the more. It was everything short of Orsini looking right into the camera and going "LOOK! WE FUCKED UP!"

So with nothing new added to the table, there's absolutely no reason at all to watch this; especially if you've seen the other movies. If you haven't, it's not going to do you much good anyway because the stock footage used breezes through some of the kills and a really quick run through of the plot, but it isn't enough to know what the hell is happening. Plus, most of the better kills of the series have been left out, so it can't even serve as a "Greatest Hits" compilation either. All that's left is one of the biggest wastes of time ever brought to the masses. Full Moon knew the Puppet Master series was dead and gone, and this last ditch cash grab serves as a nice pissing on its grave. 0/10.
Recommended Movies
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Retro Puppet Master Puppet Master II Puppet Master 4 Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter
Curse Of The Puppet Master Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys Puppet Master: Axis Of Evil Puppet Master When Puppets And Dolls Attack!
Puppet Master: Axis Termination Puppet Master X: Axis Rising Doll Graveyard Evil Bong 2: King Bong Dollman vs. Demonic Toys
Shakes #1: Shakes - added 01/22/2009, 01:15 PM
Worst movie ever. Do not see this movie, please. You won't regret it. yes, 0/10

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